White Pine County, Nevada

Bull elk seen near Ely, Nevada
This magnificent bull elk was seen near Ely
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White Pine County is in east central Nevada with Utah to the east. Great Basin National Park is here. White Pine County contains 8,876 square miles of land and 21 square miles of water. The original county seat was Hamilton (site of a short-lived silver strike) but when a large fire burned in Hamilton in 1887, the county seat was moved to Ely.

For many years the big business around here was open pit copper mining and smelting. These days, the mining has dropped off and the remaining mining companies have found that it's cheaper to ship the copper ore to Japan and have it smelted over there.

Fast Facts about White Pine County, Nevada
Resident Racial Breakdown:
White Non-Hispanic: 79.5%
Hispanic: 11.0%
African-American: 4.1%
Native American: 4.3%
Other: 3.1%
Two or More Races: 2.1%
Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 58%
Government Sector: 36%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 5%
Homemaker, Unpaid: 1%
Population Density: 1 Person per Square Mile
2009 Cost of Living Index for White Pine County: 80.7
2009 Estimates:
Population: 9,188
Males: 5,164
Females: 4,024
Median Resident Age: 37.7 Years
Estimated Median Household Income: $43,900
Estimated Median Home Value: $109,890
Major Industries:
Government, Mining, Health Care, Educational Services, Construction, Lodging & Food Services, Agriculture, Forestry, Retail Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Social Services logo
Photo of bull elk courtesy of the Bureau of Land Management
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